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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A comic variety show of the 19th and early 20th centuries, usually featuring white actors in blackface.

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  • n. A variety show performed by white people in blackface.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a variety show in which the performers are made up in blackface
  • n. a troupe of performers in blackface typically giving a comic program of negro songs and jokes

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